Right Way To Use Luster Dust?

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ss4him Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 5:56pm
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I've tried painting it one with lemon extract, but it came out streaky and didn't look right. Is there a better way?


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cakesbydina Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 6:01pm
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i have asked this question a zillion times on here and none of the responses have worked for me. Doing it dry doesn't produce metallic or deep hue results and diluting with vodka ever so gently leaves it streaky for me too. What is the answer. I want it to look like thick paint with pigment, richness and full coverage as I have seen done on TV like ace of cakes or in books like peggy porchens tea cups that have gold handles. I follow the directions and still not the same results...anyone out there know the trick????

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kakeladi Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 8:12pm
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The answer is to get just the right mix of dust to alcohols.
Look at your label on the extract. What % of alcohol does it have? The higher the # the better. That's why vodka or EverClear is recommended. If your painting is streaked you have too much vodka; let it sit for 2-5 minutes & try again. It evaporates fast. If it is too dry add just *ONE DROP* of vodka more. Using an eye dropper is very helpful.

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cakesbydina Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 10:04pm
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I will try this again. I guess if this is the only answer it does have to be precise because I swear I am doing it that exact way and it's not working for me. Thanks for the input kakeladi...hopefully this will work

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klutz Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 1:16am
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I have been wondering the same thing for a year now, and accidentally got the same answer the other day. I just got lucky and got the right ratio finally. Now that I know what the consistency looks like, i think i can get it again. Just keep trying 'till you get it right. Oh...and i'm sure you know this, but...a nice soft brush with very gentle strokes. The brush really matters.

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sweetneice Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 6:17am
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Thanks for answering that question, I thought that I just sucked at it! Now I know!

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banba Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 9:16am
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They only way that works for me is by mixing it with confectioners glaze.

Confectioners glaze evaporates quite quickly so you have to work fast with the brush in order to avoid brush stroke marks.

A second coat helps too but wait until the first is dry.

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bashini Posted 28 Jan 2009 , 10:00am
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Confectioner's glaze is for me too! icon_biggrin.gif

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kathy213 Posted 8 Jun 2014 , 5:15pm
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What is Confectioner's glaze? Also, do you have to wait to paint your fondant until it has totally dies or can you work on it as it is drying?

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Mamabakes3 Posted 13 Jun 2014 , 9:52am
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AI just painted on still-drying fondant and it seemed to work okay. It was for a wood floor effect. I used pure lemon extract , which was 83% alcohol. I am in recovery, so I want to avoid having a bottle of Everclear in my house. Lol

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